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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1854

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1854 / Bowdoin College Library

Fine as it is, Wilcox's engraving does not reproduce the vigor of Laurence's drawing, an energy which the poet doubtless emanated in one of his headiest years.

By 1854, Longfellow's fame rivaled that of other international celebrities, many of whom he counted as friends, such as Charles Dickens, Jenny Lind, and Fanny Kimble.

Earnings from his books were sufficient to prompt a decision to retire from his Harvard professorship. He devoted his powers completely to writing and translating and gracefully meeting the regular troupe of devotees who showed up at his door.

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